Tesla‘s new 4680 cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells have been formally outlined through the Tesla Battery Day in September. They don’t seem to be solely larger than the 2170-type used at present, but in addition constructed otherwise, with the shingle spiral method.

This new cell design is one of the key solutions to improve EV battery systems in principally all facets, together with crucial vitality density and price.

2020 Tesla Shareholder Meeting and Battery Day

Tesla already has a pilot plant for the 4680 batteries in California and a plan to provide there the cells at charge of 10 GWh yearly, in late 2021.

The broader plan is for 100 GWh annually at some point in 2022. That might imply that someplace there should be a brand new plant for no less than 90 GWh yearly, which might be the world’s largest EV battery plant.

We all know that Tesla intends to provide lithium-ion batteries on the Giga Austin plant (at present underneath development), due to filings to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), reported by Austin Business Journal.

“TCEQ spokesman Brian McGovern confirmed to Austin Enterprise Journal that the filings from Tesla point out it’s “planning to fabricate cells.””

“…paperwork filed with the Texas Fee on Environmental High quality reference plans for cell manufacturing, together with an air high quality evaluation and a permit-by-rule registration.”

It could be an apparent selection as Tesla will want a whole lot of batteries for brand spanking new EVs on the website. Nevertheless, battery manufacturing might be not envisioned within the preliminary stage.

In keeping with Kevin Tynan, senior automotive analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence:

“What it appears to be like like from what I’ve seen of the constructing plans and the permits … is the cell manufacturing is not the primary stage. I believe they’d extra develop into that as they get the Cybertruck or Mannequin Y manufacturing up, and so they can see that the demand is legitimately there to have that battery or cell manufacturing facility.”

In different phrases, Tesla in all probability first will refine the manufacturing course of, and after the Cybertruck / Model Y enter manufacturing, will begin constructing a battery plant.

If the corporate will begin in 2021, will it’s prepared by the tip of 2022? The Full 90 GWh? Or simply a part of the capability?

By the best way, the query is what would be the position of Panasonic within the change to 4680? The Japanese company is also working on this type of battery now, specifically developing the manufacturing line. Does this imply that we’ll see 4680 manufacturing on the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada or fairly a brand new joint undertaking in Texas (or each)?

As there are extra questions than solutions, let’s check out the progress of development of the Giga Austin:

Tesla Gigafactory 5 in Austin, Texas: